Since Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan in early August, tensions in the region have remained high. Experts and commentators regularly speculate about a Chinese invasion of the island in the not-too-distant future, as well as about the likelihood of American involvement on Taiwan’s behalf.

We speak with Rick Fisher, senior fellow on Asian military affairs at the International Assessment and Strategy Center. A recognized authority on the Chinese military and the Asian military balance, Fisher offers his thoughts on the current tensions over Taiwan, the potential cost of war for all sides, ways to prevent military conflict, and the need to support Taiwan’s democratic self-governance.